Trump invites new South Korean leader to US

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 17, 2017

"President Trump said he looks forward to working with President Moon and invited him to visit Washington at an early date".

-South Korean alliance are emerging after the swearing-in of liberal Moon Jae-in, whose conciliatory position toward North Korea is markedly different from that of the Trump administration, say analysts who foresee increasing friction between the friendly powers. "If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang", Moon said.

"President Moon said the Thaad issue can be resolved when there is no further provocation by North Korea", Yoon said.

"The North Korean situation is a very, very unsafe one for South Korea, for Japan, frankly for China and for the rest of the world".

"The satellite pictures show the THAAD (missile) launcher is now deployed near the northern ridge of the Seongju golf course while the X-band radar and other auxiliary equipment are installed near the western ridge from the center", it said.

Moon's pick for National Intelligence Service chief is Suh Hoon, a longtime intelligence official Moon said would be the right man to push reforms at NIS, which has always been accused of meddling in domestic politics.

Now a regional governor, Lee was a political ally of the two former presidents who held the summits with the North in 2000 and 2007. He has demanded the decision should be subject to parliamentary approval. "President Moon accepted the invitation", the White House said.

"I will urgently try to solve the security crisis", Moon said in the domed rotunda hall of the parliament building.

"If needed, I will immediately fly to Washington", he said.

"I would like to closely cooperate with the president to achieve the denuclearisation of North Korea", Abe told Moon.

"[The Moon administration] wants to go back to the economic engagement approach and ... it's hard to reconcile that with this idea that we're going to put huge pressure on North Korea through even more severe forms of economic sanctions and cutting off the flow of trade and capital", David Sneider of Stanford University's Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center told VOA.

But until Thursday, South Korea had not been invited.

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Yesterday, the prime minister had tweeted congratulatory messages to Moon in English and Korean languages.

"For a long time, China has upheld the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, protecting the peace and stability of the peninsula and resolving the problem via dialogue and consultation", Xi said, according to the ministry.

The Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which would intercept attacks from North Korea, became operational in South Korea last week.

It has taken a series of moves against South Korean firms seen as economic retaliation.

Moon has said the decision was made hastily and his government should have the final say, but analysts say it would be hard to remove THAAD now it has been deployed.

"The resolution of the North Korean nuclear issue must be comprehensive and sequential, with pressure and sanctions used in parallel with negotiations", Moon's spokesman, Yoon Young-chan, quoted Moon as telling Xi.

The South Korean and Chinese leaders agreed to discuss ways to resolve the issue, first through their special envoys, Yoon said.

The US military has carried out a show of force with the South Korean and Japanese armed forces in recent weeks.

On Thursday, the USA director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, told the Senate Intelligence Committee that North Korea posed "a very significant, potentially existential threat to the United States that has to be addressed".

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